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In the garden

Posted: November 24, 2012 at 3:07 a.m.

Q Someone told me last week that if you top a sweetgum tree, it won’t produce gum balls for four or five years. Is this true? I have a huge sweetgum tree in the backyard that my wife loves for the shade it produces, but I hate the gum balls I have to deal with all year long. I want to cut it down, but if topping it will stunt the gum balls, I’m willing to try that.

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